Lauren Bissell

Lauren Hayes Bissell HS., AFC.
Born Birmingham UK, now resident in Bournemouth UK.

Society Membership: Art For Conservation, Marwell International Wildlife Art Society, The Wildlife Art Society International, The Hilliard Society of Miniaturists, Art of Imagination, Dorset Arts and Crafts Association.

UK Exhibitions: Royal Birmingham Society of Art, Art In Nature (Gloucester), Aspinall Foundation (Port Lympne), Marwell Hall, The Mall Galleries (London), La Galeria Pall Mall (London), Gallery On Hind Street (Devon), Leighton's (Weymouth), The Arthouse Gallery (Bournemouth), The Mayfield Gallery (Bournemouth), Hilliard Annual Show (Wells, Somerset). The Royal Miniaturists Society (Mall Galleries London).

Awards: Wildscape Artist of the Year: winner 2002, Society for All Artists: runner up 2003, Hilliard Miniaturist's Society Mary Scott-Kestin Cup: winner 2004

Lauren only received one year of formal art tuition as a teenager but does not claim to be otherwise "self taught". Says Lauren, "how can I be self taught when I read instruction books, watch how-to programs and visit one art gallery after another? I love setting myself challenges ie to study an artist, maybe Rembrandt, and see if I can incorporate elements of his style into my own work, then I'll check out another old master and do the same. Consequently my style is forever moving forward, developing into something slightly different."

When she is not working on wildlife art, Lauren paints fantasy pictures and portraits. She is also a very competent photographer and has recently published an artist's photo reference book of British birds.